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Old 05.12.2007, 14:14
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Sometimes you can get volatile compounds coming out of the wood on heating and it'll occur more often with birch and pine and as they spray out, they catch light and woooof, off they go.
As for smoke in the room, it often means there's not enough draft going up the chimney. Can happen on windless days if the door to the room is closed. Open the door a crack and it should sort it out. Either that or you need to clean your chimney.
I think the chimney also needs to be warm to work correctly, in order to start sucking up the smoke. Something to do with convection.

I just tried searching google to find out why I think that but couldn't find an explanation, so maybe I'm just talking out my ass.
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Old 05.12.2007, 14:24
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But can one actively smell a pheromone? I thought it was substance to induce a behaviour, like attraction to someone. I am attracted to my girlfriend, but her "windy-pops" are dreadful......

I was just kidding. I read that when a woman is on the pill or pregnant, her pheromones are different than when she is not. (sorry only in German). So if you are attracted to someone on the pill and then get married, she stops taking the pill, her pheromones might all of a sudden be repulsive to you... interesting theory that would explain alot of divorces...
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Old 05.12.2007, 17:46
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Why does one's own wind smell much superior than to anyone else's?
Delusion.

Sometimes even I have to run out of the room when I produce one. My dog used to look surprised and then, with faint disgust but total dignity, get up to leave the room.
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Old 05.12.2007, 18:49
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So for my company Christmas party we are going for a game of laser tag. The problem is two of my colleges are color blind, thus will shoot anything that moves. Anyone have a smart idea how to identify teams other than color?
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So for my company Christmas party we are going for a game of laser tag. The problem is two of my colleges are color blind, thus will shoot anything that moves. Anyone have a smart idea how to identify teams other than color?
What about a combination of shapes + different clothing items? E.g. one team wearing a t-shirt with a big triangle on it + a hat, whereas the other a big number 8 + without hat...
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Old 05.12.2007, 20:02
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The vast majority of vision impaired persons still can distinguish blue and yellow, you're probably fine if you don't take red-green or red-blue as team colors.
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So for my company Christmas party we are going for a game of laser tag. The problem is two of my colleges are color blind, thus will shoot anything that moves. Anyone have a smart idea how to identify teams other than color?
I agree with Nathu here. Most colour-blind people are unable to distinguish red and green but can still distinguish between blue and yellow, and more importantly, between dark and light hues. If there are two teams I should think Team Black and Team White should work? No one should have any problems then.

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Old 05.12.2007, 21:31
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And my colleagues spent all day telling me they didn't have this game in Switzerland unless you were in the Army.
B*****ds!
Either put them in a team on their own, as refereees, or sedate them before hand, possibly involving a glass of milk laced with something.
'Ah ain't playin' no damn laser game, fool.'
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Old 05.12.2007, 22:10
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And my colleagues spent all day telling me they didn't have this game in Switzerland unless you were in the Army.
B*****ds!
Either put them in a team on their own, as refereees, or sedate them before hand, possibly involving a glass of milk laced with something.
'Ah ain't playin' no damn laser game, fool.'
brie and his colleagues probably go to France for playing, there is no Laserdome in Switzerland or Germany. However Paintball playgrounds can be found in all three countries. I'll sign you up for the Swiss army then.
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Delusion.
Sometimes even I have to run out of the room when I produce one. My dog used to look surprised and then, with faint disgust but total dignity, get up to leave the room.
Ahh me!!

You smbuzby and Argus, both, with your silly, 'windy' nonsense...

Don't know why, but that set me off into one of those ridiculous giggling fits,,one of those suppressed types with minimal noise, that won't stop and hurt like buggary!!.

Nearly had conniptions!!!

Thanks, I needed that

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Old 06.12.2007, 08:19
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So for my company Christmas party we are going for a game of laser tag. The problem is two of my colleges are color blind, thus will shoot anything that moves. Anyone have a smart idea how to identify teams other than color?
Easy: Shirts vs skins. Not only does that solve your problem, but it will also make the party a lot more interesting.
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Old 06.12.2007, 09:14
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So for my company Christmas party we are going for a game of laser tag. The problem is two of my colleges are color blind, thus will shoot anything that moves. Anyone have a smart idea how to identify teams other than color?

Cool so it will be like visiting the hill-billy belt during hunting season..
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Old 06.12.2007, 09:28
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brie and his colleagues probably go to France for playing, there is no Laserdome in Switzerland or Germany. However Paintball playgrounds can be found in all three countries. I'll sign you up for the Swiss army then.

There's at least two I know of. One in Sion (well, thereabouts) and one in Geneva.
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Challenging "science" question !!

Seems like there haven't been too many new challenges for our esteemed scientists so I thought I would pose one (unfortunately it requires a bit of an introduction):-

Yesterday I had an appointment with a medical specialist to discuss what more could be done to improve the condition of my ankle which I managed to seriously mess up during a skiing accident two years ago. We were pondering the prospect of yet another operation and trying to weigh-up the pro's and con's - at what which point I was trying to get the doctor to commit to the level of improvement I could expect.

At this point he said "it is not possible for him to make ice cream out of sh*t".

I guess this was in reference to just how much he thought of the mess I had made. Unfortunately I was not in a position to make some verbal comeback (feeling somewhat slow) which would have suggested he could.

Is there a scientist out there that can propose a method of converting "sh*t into ice cream" -- then I can try and convince my doctor that anything is possible.
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Old 06.12.2007, 09:42
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Seems like there haven't been too many new challenges for our esteemed scientists so I thought I would pose one (unfortunately it requires a bit of an introduction):-

Yesterday I had an appointment with a medical specialist to discuss what more could be done to improve the condition of my ankle which I managed to seriously mess up during a skiing accident two years ago. We were pondering the prospect of yet another operation and trying to weigh-up the pro's and con's - at what which point I was trying to get the doctor to commit to the level of improvement I could expect.

At this point he said "it is not possible for him to make ice cream out of sh*t".

I guess this was in reference to just how much he thought of the mess I had made. Unfortunately I was not in a position to make some verbal comeback (feeling somewhat slow) which would have suggested he could.

Is there a scientist out there that can propose a method of converting "sh*t into ice cream" -- then I can try and convince my doctor that anything is possible.
You'd just have to train a cow to eat said shit....
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Old 06.12.2007, 09:56
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Seems like there haven't been too many new challenges for our esteemed scientists so I thought I would pose one (unfortunately it requires a bit of an introduction):-

Yesterday I had an appointment with a medical specialist to discuss what more could be done to improve the condition of my ankle which I managed to seriously mess up during a skiing accident two years ago. We were pondering the prospect of yet another operation and trying to weigh-up the pro's and con's - at what which point I was trying to get the doctor to commit to the level of improvement I could expect.

At this point he said "it is not possible for him to make ice cream out of sh*t".

I guess this was in reference to just how much he thought of the mess I had made. Unfortunately I was not in a position to make some verbal comeback (feeling somewhat slow) which would have suggested he could.

Is there a scientist out there that can propose a method of converting "sh*t into ice cream" -- then I can try and convince my doctor that anything is possible.
Maybe not ice cream, but you can get the vanilla flavouring...

http://www.improb.com/ig/ig-pastwinners.html

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CHEMISTRY: Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Center of Japan, for developing a way to extract vanillin -- vanilla fragrance and flavoring -- from cow dung.
REFERENCE: "Novel Production Method for Plant Polyphenol from Livestock Excrement Using Subcritical Water Reaction," Mayu Yamamoto, International Medical Center of Japan.
WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY: Mayu Yamamoto
PRESS NOTE: Toscanini's Ice Cream, the finest ice cream shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, created a new ice cream flavor in honor of Mayu Yamamoto, and introduced it at the Ig Nobel ceremony. The flavor is called "Yum-a-Moto Vanilla Twist."
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Old 06.12.2007, 12:53
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Re: Ask a Scientist

I was explaining the phrase 'you can't polish a turd' the other day on why our paper we submitted isn't too popular...
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Old 06.12.2007, 17:06
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you can't polish a turd
A favorite of mine. I was wondering how to translate this so it works.

Would it be "Man kann nicht Scheiße glänzen"?
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Old 06.12.2007, 17:12
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A favorite of mine. I was wondering how to translate this so it works.

Would it be "Man kann nicht Scheiße glänzen"?

Nope thats more like you cannot shine a turd (although that works in E but not in D)...

Literally it would be "Man kann Scheisse nicht polieren", but that still makes no sense...

you could try:

Auch polierte Scheisse ist halt immer noch Scheisse....
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Old 07.12.2007, 00:39
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The equivalent figure of speech in German is to turn sh1t to gold:

Man kann aus Scheisse kein Gold machen.

But the figure is often used for the few who succeed to turn sh1t to gold. And to save this thread from the Language Corner: It is scientifically proven that sh1t can't be turned to gold.
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